15 Things All Runners Know to Be True

1. The hardest part of a run is almost always just getting out the door.

15 Things All Runners Know To Be True

2. It’s a lot easier to fall out of shape than it is to get in it.

3. It’s easy to spend way too much money at a running expo.

4. Never eat something new on race day.

5. Progress takes time. (A long time.)

6. Don’t compare yourself with other runners, ever.

7. You can’t wait for the weather to cooperate.

8. There is never and will never be a right time to train for a half marathon or marathon.

9. When you get discouraged, make a list of all the reasons why you started and continue to run.

10. Not all runs are enjoyable; sometimes the joy comes when you finish a run.

11. You can’t be afraid to fail.

12. Don’t stop at the water stand.

13. Injuries are a lot easier to prevent than they are to fix.

14. You don’t have to run a race. There will always be another race.

15. As long as you aren’t walking, you’re running.  

Until next time, #RunSelfieRepeat.

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Kelly Roberts

It all started when a silly joke made headlines back in 2014 when I took selfies with hot guys “hottie hunting” my way through the New York City Half Marathon. But ironically enough, I haven't always been a runner. As the self-proclaimed former President of the "I f*cking hate running club", I spent most of my life finding ways to avoid physical activity. Growing up, I missed over 70 days of PE my senior year. Working out was something I thought I had to suffer through in order to lose weight. 

Then, in 2009, my younger brother passed away unexpectedly and struggling to manage my grief, I gained more than 75 pounds. With the weight gain came a new fight to regain my sense of self and learn to love the body I saw when I looked in the mirror. Then one Thanksgiving morning, drowning in grief and self doubt, I decided to go for a run. I didn't make it half way down my street before I had to stop to walk but for some reason, struggling forward made more sense than getting back into bed. It turns out that running is a lot like grief, neither ever really get easier, you just get stronger. 

Over time, I realized that while some people are in fact born runners, others are made. I created this blog Run, Selfie, Repeat and my new podcast by the same name with the hopes to inspire others to say yes to themselves while making them laugh hysterically because laughing, in my opinion, is the solution to everything. 

Named by Women's Running as one of twenty women who are changing the sport of running and by Competitor Magazine as one of 12 Influential and inspiring runners under 30, my mission is to inspire others to get embrace a healthy lifestyle and pursue the strongest version of themselves possible.